#HerOutdoors Week 2021



Join Carlow Sports Partnership as we celebrate #HerOutdoors week 2021 with an immersive recreational experience on 15th August 2021.

Arrive and park in Graiguenamanagh where you will register with the Sports Partnership staff and then cross over the 18th century bridge to commence an activator pole walking experience from the Tinnahinch (Co Carlow) side of the River Barrow — part of the bridge here was destroyed during the 1798 Rebellion.

Activator trainers will then introduce you to the activator poles, set them up and start with a gentle warm up routine. The walk will commence towards Ballykeenan Lock, and walkers will be encouraged to stand, stretch, breath and look back at Brandon Hill as it towers over the river behind you.

As you proceed, the steep wooded slopes drop to the riverbank which creates a perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. You will follow the trail to Clashganny Lock, and progress to the right of way from the trail and walk to Clashganny house where a guided yoga session will take place with Yoga teacher Orla Thornton in Clashganny house garden.

Following this, you will be guided down to the designated bathing area for a refreshing dip in the river under the watchful eye of the Carlow County Council Lifeguards. Then return to Clashganny house garden for light refreshments.

After this welcome rest participants will regroup, and the Activator trainers will complete posture checks and give you a better understanding of the benefits of activator poles. Then you will set out to return to the Tinnahinch side of the bridge in Graiguenamanagh.

Here you will regroup, cool down, stretch and reflect on your day.

Key details about the walk:

Grade: 2

Format: Linear

Category: Walking Trail

Type: National Way Marked Way

Length: 5.5km one way (total distance will be 11km)

Estimated Time: 3.5 - 5 hours

Key points for the programme:

Cost: €5.00

Duration: 9:30am - 3:00pm (approx)

Experience: None is needed

Equipment: Comfortable shoes to walk in, sun cream, a hat, water, light outerwear, a change of clothes (or a swimming togs), a towel & a backpack to carry all of the above.

Participants: Must be 18 years of age or older on or before 15th August 2021.

To book your tickets, please click here

European Mile


The European Mile is a free event celebrating the joy of moving again at your own pace – by running, walking or rolling a mile. Create your own event or donate your miles during 2021 to take part, and move together with people around Europe for the main celebration on 5 June 2021.


Running and walking are among the most popular types of recreational physical activity in Europe. It is estimated that around 50 million Europeans run regularly and many more enjoy walking. But in 2020, many of us stopped moving or moved less because of local restrictions. The European Mile is a fun and easy way to get moving again and reconnect with people around Europe by sharing your miles and donating them towards a common cause.

People from all walks of life can join one of the physical or virtual European Mile events, or donate their moved miles in support of selected grassroots sport or physical activity initiatives. For the European Mile, we consider the iconic distance 1.6 kilometres to be our key metric. But we also know there are many different mile distances, so we encourage you to #FindYourMile! Anyone can register an event or even join in with a self-organised activity. Simply share your run, walk or roll with the hashtag #FindYourMile to take part – every MOVE counts – and don’t forget to donate your miles right here!

The European Mile is an initiative supported by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission and is coordinated by ISCA as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign.

For more inforamtion and to register click here

Delivery of Equipment to 100 Adults Over the Age of 60

County Carlow Local Sports Partnership in collaboration with IT Carlow delivered the equipment for the ConnectFit Exercise Programme earlier this week. This programme will see 100 adults over the age of 60 participate in resistance based exercise across different delivery modes as part of two postgraduate research programmes in IT Carlow.

The ConnectFit project is a FREE 10-week exercise programme targeted at getting people aged 60 and over more active! The aim of this project is to forge new connections and a sense of togetherness within their community through exercise.

The ConnectFit exercise programme has been designed specifically for people aged 60 and over. Through-out the programme participants will be performing resistance training with the aim to improve their health, fitness, and wellbeing. Research indicates that resistance training is a safe way to improve strength and flexibility. Strength is particularly important to carry out many activities we do every day like getting out of a chair or climbing stairs.

All equipment was delivered with the strictest adherence to the most up to date Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of participants and staff.

Watch for Walkers

Get your FREE walking pack delivered to your door by Carlow Sports Partnership.

Carlow Sports Partnership are delighted to launch free walking packs. Each pack will include:

A Head Lamp

A Pedometer

A Hi-Vis Key & Phone Pouch

A Hi-Vis Armband

A Beanie Hat

A Hi-Vis Vest

A Drawstring Bag

The ‘Watch for Walkers’ campaign was launched in collaboration with Carlow’s an Garda Síochána. Through this initiative, 100 adult walking packs and a limited number of children’s walking packs have been made available to the general public free of charge.

To order yours, please click the link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/free-walking-packs-tickets-141833394501?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch